Content creators gather for second YouTube Pop-up Space Manila



MANILA, Philippines - Video-sharing website YouTube held its second Pop-up Space Manila event from October 19 to 21, 2017 at the Green Sun Hotel in Makati to support creative minds in line with YouTube Spaces' mission: "learn, connect and create."

Content creators gather for second YouTube Pop-up Space Manila
YouTube NextUp Manila winners with the production experts and fast-ring creators at the 2017 #YouTubeSpaceMNL. Photo by: Instagram/karlzarate
Inside the YouTube Space Manila, creators can use the set and equipment for free, learn about video production and collaborate with other creators. There is a lounge area and multiple meeting rooms for creators to use as well.

"The YouTube Pop-up Space Manila is our latest effort to invest in the development of the Filipino creator community, which has grown over the past year," Moe Inaki, YouTube Space Asia Pacific Senior Strategist said.

The event is a follow up of the successful introduction of YouTube Pop-Up Space at Bonifacio Global City Arts Center in April this year.

Participants include the winners of the first YouTube NextUp in the Philippines, launched in Manila last July: singers ReneƩ Dominique and Karl Zarate, who serenaded the attendees of the launch event; Cebuano musician Manolo Martinez (BoogieBoy36); beauty vloggers Raiza Contawi, John Jafael Juane (About Raf), Helen Payawal (HelenOnFleek), Trisha Sanchez, and Mae Layug.

Also included were vlogger Nate Punzalan; sports enthusiast Dionino Ventura (Hype Streetball); doll custom artist Maureen Gabrielle Hermoso (Mozekyto); and educator Jan Angelique Maravilla (Team Lyqa).

NextUp winners teamed up with production experts to learn new techniques in camera, lighting, and sound, and receive coaching from the YouTube Partnerships team on how to grow their audience like a pro. They also received advice from previous YouTube NextUp grads and the opportunity to meet and work with other fast-rising creators in the program.

YouTube also presented the Gold Play Button awardee, the dancing sensation Niana Guerrero for amassing 2 million subscribers on her YouTube channel.

Follow updates about YouTube Pop-up Space at #YTPopupSpaceMNL. Find more creator resources at youtube.com/creators and learn more about YouTube Spaces across the world at youtube.com/space.



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Team Vhong's touching mirror dance act wins Magpasikat 2017



MANILA, Philippines - Team Vhong Navarro's powerful dance routine and mirror illusion act built around the themes of isolation and loneliness won the title of Magpasikat 2017 grand champion.

Team Vhong's touching mirror dance act wins Magpasikat 2017
Photo Credit: Instagram/Karylle Tatlonghari
The winners were announced on Saturday, October 21, with the hurados for this year's "Magpasikat Week," as part of the noon time show's eighth (8) anniversary, praised all the teams on their explosive performances.

Team Vhong Navarro got perfect score of 10 from the judges composed of director Rory B. Quintos, actress Ina Raymundo, Diamond Star Maricel Soriano, reporter Marc Logan and singer Janno Gibbs.


“Vhong, you are a creative genius. I am impressed beyond words,” said Quintos.

“Very timely ang message! ‘Yung mga kabataan talaga ngayon ay nabibiktama ng depression. Sobra akong tinamaan sa performance niyo. Yung timing niyo, sabay-sabay talaga. World-class,” Raymundo commented.

As the "Magpasikat Week" champions, Navarro, along with Hashtags members Nikko Natividad, Tom Doromal Bugoy Carino and Kid Yambaro, and Girltrends Erin Ocampo and Joana Hipolito, won P300,000 for their chosen charity.

Placing second and third were the team of Vice Ganda, Teddy Corpuz, and Jugs Jugueta; and the team of Karylle and Jhong Hilario, taking home P200,000 and P100,000 for their chosen charities, respectively.


The two remaining teams -- Anne Curtis, Nadine Lustre and Ryan Bang and Billy Crawford, Amy Perez and James Reid -- received consolation prizes for their chosen charities.

Showtime hosts show gratitude

In today’s grand finale, It's Showtime hosts reminisced all the performances from the previous years and thanked madlang people for the continous support. There was even a ceremonial burning of guitar to wish the show’s following year to be another successful one.

In a touching scene, the hosts recalled how being part of It’s Showtime has changed their lives. Gathering in a big group, their family prayed together.

This week had been a whirlwind of excellent performances. With the theme of Phantom of the Opera, Billy’s team presented a magical show. Vice, Jugs and Teddy showed that love trumps everything as Teddy married in real wedding.

Anne, Nadine and Ryan was all about love and party for their love parade. Karylle and Jhong’s musical play was also well applauded as they become insects in love.

Congratulations to all the winners!

What do you think of the results of this year's Magpasikat? Did your bet win?

— The Summit Express



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'Bagyong Paolo' PAGASA weather update October 21, 2017



MANILA, Philippines - 'Bagyong Paolo' (Lan) has intensified as it continues to accelerate away from the country, state weather bureau PAGASA announced in its 11:00 a.m. update on Saturday, October 21, 2017.

Typhoon Paolo HIMAWARI-8 satellite image courtesy of DOST-PAGASA
Typhoon Paolo HIMAWARI-8 satellite image courtesy of DOST-PAGASA.
At 10:00 a.m. today, the eye of Typhoon 'Paolo' was located based on all available data at 1,000 km East of Basco, Batanes (21.6 °N, 131.5 °E).

'Paolo' has maximum sustained winds of 180 kph near the center and gustiness of up to 220 kph. It is forecast to move North Northeast at 22 kph.

Forecast Positions:

  • 24 Hour(Tomorrow morning): 1,395 km Northeast of Basco, Batanes (OUTSIDE PAR)(27.5°N, 133.3°E)
  • 48 Hour(Monday morning):2,460 km Northeast of Basco, Batanes (OUTSIDE PAR)(36.1°N, 139.8°E)

The weather system is expected to exit the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) between late night today and early morning tomorrow.

The estimated rainfall amount is from moderate to heavy within the 1900 km diameter of the Typhoon.

The southwesterly wind flow enhanced by the typhoon will bring cloudy skies with scattered light to moderate and at times heavy rainshowers during thunderstorms over Western Visayas, Central Visayas, Zamboanga Peninsula, ARMM, Northern Mindanao, Caraga and the provinces of Palawan and Mindoro.

PAGASA advised that sea travel remains risky over the seaboard of Northern Luzon, the eastern seaboard of Central Luzon, of Southern Luzon and of Mindanao, the southern and eastern seaboards of Palawan and the western and eastern seaboards of Visayas.



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PBA Finals: RDO-less Meralco tops Ginebra, levels series 2-2



MANILA, Philippines - Meralco lost Ranidel De Ocampo last Wednesday due to calf injury while Kelly Nabong is still out indefinitely due to suspension. Still, Meralco led by Allen Durham and Chris Newsome got the win against Barangay Ginebra, 85-83 and levelled the series at 2-all on Friday, October 20 at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

Super Import Allen Durham strikes again with 28 points and 18 rebounds
Super Import Allen Durham strikes again with 28 points and 18 rebounds to tie the series 2-2. Photo Credit: pba.ph
Prior to game number 4, Coach Norman Black announced that newly acquired power forward Ranidel De Ocampo is out for the rest of the series due to a serious calf injury that he sustained in the previous game.

RDO being out indefinitely means more woes for Meralco in the front court. This however leaves the door widely opened for Reynel Hugnatan to step up and carry the load. Hugnatan chipped in significant points in game 3 victory for the Bolts.

Coach Tim Cone realized Meralco’s height disadvantage so he started the game with his twin towers Japeth Aguilar and Greg Slaughter.

Meralco didn’t want to use its lack of big men as an excuse and didn’t let Ginebra run over the entire team. At the end of the 1st quarter, the Bolts amazingly tied the ballgame at 17-all.

The Bolts didn’t miss De Ocampo’s hot shooting hands from the outside at all as supersub Reynel Hugnatan filled the void that he left especially at the rainbow territory. Hugnatan sank back-to-back treys for the 27-21 lead and forced Coach Cone to burn a timeout early in the second.

Meralco escalated its lead to 8 points under 3 minutes of the half. But bad news came in, Justin Brownlee started to wax hot from the outside. During the 2-minute warning, Bolts’ lead was cut to just 3.

Ginebra made a significant and scary run in the dying moments of the 1st half. But nevertheless, Meralco maintained its lead heading to the dugout. Justin Brownlee’s 17 points in the first 24 minutes brought Meralco’s lead to a half-shot, 41-40.

Before the game started, the annual Leo Awards was held. As expected, San Miguel’s June Mar Fajardo bagged his 4th straight MVP award and cemented his PBA legacy together with Mon Fernandez and Alvin Patrimonio who both had 4 MVP titles during their heydays. For the other individual awards, Roger Pogoy won the Rookie of the Year award while Chris Ross was awarded with the Most Improved Player of the Year.

The 15-minute powwow inside the Meralco locker room during the halftime break rejuvenated the players. As soon as the Bolts stepped on the hardwood, the players made sure that they will go ahead of Ginebra in terms of scoring. 52-44 midway of the third in favor of Meralco.

Crushing the boards and forcing Ginebra to commit turnovers were the keys to success for Meralco’s run in the 3rd period. The Bolts hit the dozen-point lead at the 4-minute mark of the quarter while Mark Caguioa provided spark for the Gins and managed to cut the margin to a single-digit.

Slowly but surely, Ginebra was trying to comeback and after the penultimate quarter, Meralco’s lead was reduced to 5, 68-63

Japeth Aguilar rocked the house down with a two-handed jam that trim the lead to just a shot. Unfortunately, Aguilar committed his 4th personal right after the highlight. But Jayjay Helterbrand got away with a steal and finished with a layup for the 70-all equalizer.

It was still everybody's ball game with more than 2 minutes remaining in the game. Both teams traded baskets and tied the score at 78. Japeth Aguilar broke the deadlock with an alley-oop dunk to regain the lead, 81-78 with 1:54 left in the game clock.

Under a minute of the game, Reynel Hugnatan located Allen Durham under the basket for a clean 2 and lead. Meralco was up, 85-83 with 40 ticks remaining. Ginebra had the chance to tie or win the game but missed all of its shots until the horn sounded.

Allen Durham might be the highest pointer of his team but the Best Player of the Game award went to Chris Newsome for his brilliant comeback game with 18 markers and 11 boards.


Crucial game number 5 will be on Sunday, October 22 where the winner will get a huge series advantage at the Philippine Arena at 6:30 pm.

-- Joey Boy Capos, The Summit Express



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LIVE STREAMING: Meralco vs Ginebra Game 4 PBA Governors' Cup Finals 2017



MANILA, Philippines - The Barangay Ginebra is looking to move inch closer to the title while the Meralco Bolts push to even the series in the Game 4 of the 2017 PBA Governors' Cup Finals on Friday, October 20 at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

LIVE STREAMING: Meralco vs Ginebra Game 4 PBA Governors' Cup Finals 2017
Photo Credit: pba.ph
The Meralco Bolts, who have avoided sweep in this season's finale to 2-1, are plugging for an improved shooting and capitalizing not only on its key players but those who are out there fighting for the team.

UPDATE
PBA Finals: RDO-less Meralco tops Ginebra, levels series 2-2

“It’s going to be tough going forward especially with Ranidel out but at the same time we still have guys who are out there fighting so we’ll go to war with them and we’ll do the best we can in the upcoming games,” Meralco coach Norman Black said.

Game time is set at 7:00 p.m.

Watch the Game 4 of 2017 PBA Governors' Cup Finals (best-of-seven series) on livestream (video courtesy of sports.tv5.ph/live):


Meanwhile, here are the live updates courtesy of PBA:


-- The Summit Express



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Magpasikat 2017: Karylle and Jhong perform a unique musical- insect love story



On the final stretch of It's Showtime Magpasikat 2017, Karylle and Jhong Hilario’s performance didn’t disappoint as the madlang people enjoyed a Broadway-inspired musical about a cockroach and a caterpillar’s love story. It had a beautiful backdrop and showed the pure talents with the rest of the Hashtags and GirlTrends dancers.

Karylle and Jhong perform a unique musical- insect love story
Photo Credit: Instagram/Karylle Tatlonghari
Karylle and Jhong were joined by McCoy de Leon, Jon Lucas, Wilbert Ross and Maru Delgado. They presented a performance worthy to be applauded. Karylle once described Magpasikat as “testing one’s limit.”

The performance began with a skit that shows a cockroach’s hugot on love. Much to everyone’s surprise, Jhong came on stage in a cockroach costume. Karylle showdowns as a sexy beautiful caterpillar. Everyone was in awe in a love story performance between the beautiful caterpillar and lowly cockroach. They even had spiders as villains. Jhong also spoofed the other teams’ performance. It had the perfect mix of drama, music, acting and comedy.

Complete with artful backdrops, their singing prowess and acting chops, they presented a theatrical play that was just beautiful to watch.

The hurados all felt the message of the performance. Direk Rory was almost speechless saying “napanga-nga talaga ako.” Ina Raymundo and Marc Logan was nothing but all praises for the talents of Jhong, Karylle and even the rest of the Hashtags and GirlTrends dancers. The Diamond Star admitted that she is having a hard time judging because all the performances were “lahat may puso.”

WATCH: Team Jhong and Karylle Magpasikat 2017 performance (video courtesy of ABS-CBN Entertainment)


On Thursday, Team Vhong Navarro performed a tear-jerking performance that highlights on being alone and moving forward from life’s tragedies.

It was all fun and positive vibes as Anne Curtis, Nadine Lustre and Ryan Bang invited us all to a colorful love parade on Wednesday.

On Tuesday, it was all about love for Vice Ganda, Teddy Corpuz and Jugs Jugueta's team. Teddy proposed and married his wife again on national television.

On Monday, Billy Crawford, James Reid and Amy Perez kicked off the Magpasikat Week with magical tricks.

The grand prize winner, who will take home P300,000 for their chosen charity and of course, some bragging rights, will be revealed this Saturday.

Last year, everyone held their breaths as Anne with Amy and Joey Marquez rappelled down the ABS-CBN building as they won 2016’s winner. Who will reign supreme this year?

-- Sally, The Summit Express



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'Bagyong Paolo' PAGASA weather update October 20, 2017



MANILA, Philippines - 'Bagyong Paolo' (international name: Lan) has slightly changed its course and is now moving in a north northeast direction, state weather bureau PAGASA announced in its 11:00 a.m. update on Friday, October 20, 2017.

'Bagyong Paolo' PAGASA weather update October 20, 2017
Satellite image of Typhoon 'Paolo'. Photo Credit: DOST-PAGASA
At 10:00 a.m. today, the eye of Typhoon 'Paolo' was located based on all available data at 860 km East of Basco, Batanes (19.0 °N, 130.0 °E).

'Bagyong Paolo' has maximum sustained winds of 130 kph near the center and gustiness of up to 160 kph. It is forecast to move North Northeast at 16 kph.

Forecast Positions:
  • 24 Hour(Tomorrow morning): 930 km East Northeast of Basco, Batanes(22.2°N, 130.7°E)
  • 48 Hour(Sunday morning):1,310 km Northeast of Basco, Batanes (OUTSIDE PAR)(27.3°N, 132.4°E)
  • 72 Hour(Monday morning): 2,215 km Northeast of Basco, Batanes (OUTSIDE PAR)(34.8°N, 137.6°E)

'Bagyong Paolo' PAGASA weather update October 20, 2017

No tropical cyclone warning signal has been raised as of press time.

'Paolo' is expected to exit the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) by Sunday morning (October 22).

The estimated rainfall amount is from moderate to heavy within the 1350 km diameter of the Typhoon.

Meanwhile, at 10:00 a.m. today, the Low Pressure Area (LPA) was estimated based on all available data at 105 km South of San Jose, Occidental Mindoro (11.5°N, 120.9°E).

The new weather system, along with the outer rainbands of "Paolo" and the southwesterly windflow enhanced by this Typhoon will bring scattered to widespread rains and thunderstorms over Visayas and the regions of MIMAROPA and Bicol. Residents in these areas are alerted against possible flashfloods and landslides due to moderate to occasionally heavy rains.

PAGASA added that sea travel remains risky over the seaboard of Northern Luzon, the eastern seaboard of Central and Southern Luzon, the seaboard of Palawan, the western and eastern seaboards of Visayas and the western, northern and eastern seaboards of Mindanao.



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VIDEO: Team Jhong and Karylle Magpasikat 2017 performance



MANILA, Philippines - Four down, one to go! Team Jhong Hilario and Karylle is expected to save the best for last in their much-awaited 'Magpasikat 2017' performance for the 8th aniversary celebration on ABS-CBN's It's Showtime today, October 20.

Team Jhong and Karylle Magpasikat 2017 performance
Photo Credit: Instagram/Karylle Tatlonghari
Together with Hashtags members McCoy de Leon, Jon Lucas, Wilbert Ross and Maru Delgado and GirlTrends Dawn Chang and Mikee Agustin, Karylle and Jhong promised for an explosive performance the viewers should never miss.

UPDATE
Magpasikat 2017: Karylle and Jhong present a unique musical- insect love story


WATCH: Team Jhong and Karylle Magpasikat 2017 performance (video courtesy of ABS-CBN Entertainment)


Magpasikat 2017 has kicked off on Monday with a magical performance by Billy Crawford, James Reid, and Amy Perez.

On Tuesday, the team of Vice Ganda, Jugs Jugueta, and Teddy Corpuz left viewers awestruck and broke the internet when Teddy proposed to and married his wife Jasmine on national television.

Meanwhile, Team Anne Curtis, Ryan Bang, and Nadine Lustre spread good vibes while inviting madlang people to join their “love parade” in a highly synchronized and colorful performance captured live in one continuous shot on Wednesday.

On Thursday, Team Vhong Hilario showcased a powerful dance routine and mirror illusion act built around the themes of isolation and loneliness.

Last year, the team of Anne, Amy, and Joey was hailed as the champion.

The set of hurados also include the Diamond Star Maricel Soriano, Marc Logan and Janno Gibbs.

Which team will impress the madlang people the most this year? Watch the announcement of winners on Saturday, October 21.



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