‘Kargo’ offers something bad that’s entertainingly good 

There’s a necessary caution if you plan to watch iWant’s original series, Kargo, which started streaming on the popular digital app on Oct. 11. 

The series is so real, and it’s not for people who easily get offended by foul language, and despise filthy environment. Yes, it depicts a bad reality that occurs in places some people dare not to see. 

In the lead role is Rio Locsin who unleashes her tough side as she goes through gripping car chases, dodging bullets, and battling against an armed gang with breakout Eerie star Gillian Vicencio.

‘Kargo’  offers something bad that’s  entertainingly good 
The lead cast of iWant's 'Kargo' with director Julius Alfonso
“It has dark humor and we wanted it to be real. Our intention was for the viewers to even smell the stench of the tenement that serves as the location of the series. Sabi ko nga, dapat amoy na amoy ang baho ng mga character,” director Julius Alfonso told Manila Standard during the series’ media conference held recently at Dolphy Theater.

The thriller family drama starts with Rio as Lola Tere, a taxi driver who tirelessly searches for her granddaughter Hannah (Gillian) after running away from home for months.

Lola Tere’s wish of reuniting with Hannah comes true as she finally finds her, but it is not the kind of reunion she expected: Hannah has accidentally killed her partner Prinz, and they have to dispose the dead body immediately, or be hunted down by a gang of drug dealers, with whom Hannah has transactions.

This marks the start of their agonizing race for life as they try to run away from the criminals who are out to kill them. Hannah’s boyfriend Reyven (Markus Patterson), meanwhile, will make sure the two are safe and protect them at all cost.

‘Kargo’  offers something bad that’s  entertainingly good 
Scenes from the series, 'Kargo,' featuring lead cast members Rio Locsin, Markus Patterson, and Gillian Vicencio. 
Despite the impending danger, Lola Tere will prove to Hannah how far her love can go just to keep her in her arms. However, more problems will arise as secrets of the past unfold, which will forever change their family.

Having the biggest library of Filipino video content, iWant is one of the digital initiatives of ABS-CBN, the Philippines’ leading media and entertainment company, which is rapidly transitioning into an agile digital company with the biggest online presence among all media companies, and a growing list of digital properties.

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Mabagal’ is Himig Handog’s best

The unique and refreshing sound of Dan Tañedo’s “Mabagal” emerged as the Best Song in this year’s edition of ABS-CBN’S Himig Handog songwriting competition.

‘Mabagal’ is Himig Handog’s best
'Mabagal' interpreters Moira Dela Torre and Daniel Padilla with composer Dan Tañedo (left)
The slow but soothing duet track, interpreted by Daniel Padilla and Moira Dela Torre, bested over 4,000 entries and took home the much-desired P1 million cash prize. 

Dan said he initially doubted whether he could make a song infused with a standard sound especially in the wake of pop music’s popularity. “It is difficult to produce a standard song in these times as music trend nowadays is different. I wanted a ‘50s feel and what I envisioned became a reality,” he said.

“Mabagal” also swept the competition’s special awards by winning the MOR Philippines’ Choice award, the MYX Choice for Best Music Video award, Star Music’s Choice for Best Produced Track and the Listener’s Choice for Most Streamed Track. Daniel and Moira were also One Music PH’s Choice for Favorite Interpreters. 

Meanwhile, Davey Langit, winner of Himig Handog 2016 for his song “Dalawang Letra,” won again this year for his entry “Simula ng Dulo.” The singer-songwriter co-wrote the song with his girlfriend Therese Marie Villarante and bagged half a million cash prize.

From one past winner to another, “Please Lang,” a song by Aikee and interpreted by Alex Gonzaga, was named as the 3rd Best Song, winning P200,000. Aikee also placed 3rd in 2017’s Himig Handog for his song “Ekstensyon.”

Another pair of young composers, Rex Torremoro and Elmar Jann Bolaño, won 4th Best Song for their entry “Nung Tayo Pa,” brought to life by Janella Salvador. They took home a cash prize worth P150,000.

Seventeen-year-olds Jerome Arcangel and Cee Jay Del Rosario took home P100,000 for bagging the 5th Best Song for their composition “Panandalian,” interpreted by TJ Monterde, about a romance cut short.

The Himig Handog 2019 winners were announced on the ASAP Natin ‘To stage last Sunday (Oct. 13). 

“Mabagal” and the rest of the song finalists can be streamed in all online streaming platforms. Watch the Himig Handog 2019 music videos on ABS-CBN Star Music’s YouTube channel. For more details, visit Himig Handog’s Facebook Page at or follow Star Music’s social media accounts on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter @ starmusicph.

Topics: Kargo , iWant , Rio Locsin , Gillian Vicencio , Mabagal , Dan Tañedo , Daniel Padilla Moira Dela Torre
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